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High School Starts At 3 p.m. For These Michigan Students

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 05:16

A small group of students attends Eastern Flex Academy in Lansing, Mich., which is designed to accommodate part-time job schedules, internships and even family responsibilities.

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2020 Political Campaigns Are Trying To Avoid A 2016-Style Hack

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 05:04

Four years after Russians hacked the Clinton campaign's emails, political candidates are scrambling to beef up their defenses against cyberattacks. Many politicians haven't updated their security.

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Trump Lawyers Ready For Final Day Of President's Impeachment Defense

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 05:01

Tuesday's presentations follow arguments from Trump lawyers attacking the impeachment charges and the Biden family. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to push for witnesses in the next phase of the trial.

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Impeachment Trial Recap: Trump Lawyers Charge Ahead — But Eschew Bolton Issue

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 19:20

President Trump's defense lawyers tore into Democrats in their first full day of arguments but they did not address new revelations about the Ukraine affair in John Bolton's forthcoming book.

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'The Undefeated' Wins Caldecott Medal, While 'New Kid' Picks Up Newbery

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 16:05

Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson's book won the Caldecott, the top prize for picture books, and Jerry Craft's novel won the Newbery for kids' books.

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What We Know: The Helicopter Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant And 8 Others

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 14:01

The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter was operating under "Special VFR" (or Special Visual Flight Rules) status, meaning its pilot had been granted a request to fly in challenging conditions.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers 'PBS NewsHour' Host Jim Lehrer

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 13:18

Lehrer, who died Jan. 23, was a nightly figure on PBS news for more than three decades, and moderated presidential debates in every election from 1988 through 2012. Originally broadcast in 1988.

New Book Presents A 'Secret History' Of Nuclear War Planning In America

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 13:18

In The Bomb, journalist Fred Kaplan reveals how U.S. presidents, their advisers and generals have thought about, planned for — and sometimes narrowly avoided — nuclear war.

Imagery Suggests Iran Is Preparing To Try To Launch A Satellite

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 13:12

Activity at the Imam Khomeini Space Center indicates Iran is once again attempting to send a satellite into orbit. Last year, three attempts ended in failure.

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U.S. Plane Goes Down In Afghanistan, Prompting Wave Of Questions, Contradictions

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 11:50

A U.S. official tells NPR that two people died when the aircraft went down in Ghazni province. The official blamed mechanical problems — but the Taliban claims to have shot it down.

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Webcast: Health Implications Of Income Inequality

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 11:41

Watch as experts on income inequality discuss a recent NPR poll that is notable for capturing the views of the top 1% of earners in America. The webcast will be livestreamed at 12 p.m. ET Monday.

Mortar Attack Damages Part of U.S. Embassy Compound In Baghdad

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 09:42

"This is a fairly regular occurrence, small rocket attacks or mortars fired into the Green Zone, but they very rarely actually hit the embassy. This one did," NPR's Jane Arraf reports.

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Election Officials To Convene Amid Historic Focus On Voting And Interference

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 05:21

Secretaries of state and election officials are meeting in Washington on the brink of a significant test of the nation's elections expected in the coming presidential campaign.

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75 Years After Auschwitz Liberation, Survivors Urge World To Remember

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 05:05

"People should look at this place and think about our moral responsibility," says Pawel Sawicki, a longtime guide at the Auschwitz museum in Poland.

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When Insurance Won't Cover Drugs, Americans Make 'Tough Choices' About Their Health

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 05:05

With drug costs on the rise — and insurers refusing to cover some prescriptions — even patients with insurance can find themselves facing high out-of-pocket costs or going without.

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Trump Tries To Hold On To Spotlight As Impeachment Enters Week 2

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 05:00

President Trump meets with Israel's prime minister Monday. Then Wednesday he signs a much-anticipated trade deal. This week he also has two campaign rallies.

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Canada Wins, U.S. Loses In Global Fight For High-Tech Workers

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 05:00

If there is a global war for tech talent, right now Canada is winning. And U.S. immigration policies are part of the reason.

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What To Watch For As Trump's Legal Team Resumes Its Impeachment Defense

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 05:00

President Trump's defense team will continue its side of the impeachment trial, expected to argue that the president was legally justified in freezing military assistance to Ukraine.

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Billie Eilish Sweeps Grammys In Ceremony Clouded By Controversy And Mourning

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 01:48

In a night when Eilish, the youngest artist to win Album and Record of the year, might have otherwise been the whole story, the Recording Academy could not quite put its recent scandals behind it.

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Democrats Pressure For Bolton To Testify In Trump Impeachment After New Report

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 00:07

House impeachment managers press the Senate to call the former national security adviser to testify, after a New York Times report said Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigation of his political rivals.

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